Faculty Advisor

Bakermans, Marja


Westover Air Reserve Base, in Chicopee, MA, hosts one of the largest expanses of continuous grasslands in New England, making it a site of conservation focus for grassland birds (Milroy 2007). This project surveyed all grassland fields of the base in the summer of 2016 and compared archived survey data to determine the effects of grassland management practices on the distribution and abundance of five species. Survey results showed a statistically significant positive correlation among four of the species totals from the years of 2007-2016 and general increase in most species following a prescribed burn management treatment. A positive relationship was also observed with unit size for each species. Survey efforts led to a list of management suggestions for Westover staff to employ.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies